Camino 24. Santa Catalina de Somoza

"See them? They're the Montes de León." "But of course they are. What of them?" "They're in our way."

Camino 23 Hospital de Órbigo

"The thing is, there must have been a conversation where somebody said "we'll call it Babu Afrika - Colonial Tavern!" And then, somebody replied "what a great idea!""

Camino IV. (22)

"Ah you know, I'm waiting for you..." Stu greeted me with the customary comedy French accent and we hugged. Camino IV was on.

Camino 20. León

There is the possibility to avoid the busy (and dangerous) main road into (and out of) León by taking the bus from Mansilla direct to the city centre (€1.65)...Tempted?

Camino 19. Finding Religion

The light was truly golden, there were no other pilgrims about and we had the Way to ourselves. Inescapable though, was that Stu was hobbling. "Sore?" "No. I'm just practicing my limp." I suppose it was a stupid question.

18. The Long March to Sahagún

We walked a little with a young German guy. He was on a strict timetable. Planning to finish the Camino Francés in three weeks, we was averaging 40km + a day. “I’ll bet he’s crap at drinking Rioja” I said, as disappeared into the haze on the horizon.

17. Boadilla to Carrión de los Condes

I am much prized by the insect world - the equivalent of an all inclusive cruise ship with top notch dining options. If you don’t want to get bitten, stand close - the little swine will fly right past you to bite me.

16. Hontanas to Boadilla

If you really want to aggravate sore, blistered feet - the best way to do it is find yourself some rocky downhill with sections of scree. Stu channeled his inner-Duck, verbally eviscerating the terrain in a mix of French, Czech and Anglo Saxon, with a range of comedy accents.
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